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Friday, 24 August 1906

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - Senator Clemons seems to be under the impression that the Protector is the only vessel available for training purposes.

Senator Clemons - There are other vessels, but they are just as bad as the Protector.

Senator WALKER - His Majesty's ships at Svdney take men in batches for training purposes, and, in this connexion, there have been most satisfactory reports.

Senator Playford - We are drilling 400 men on board these vessels.

Senator Clemons - We ought to be drilling 40,000.

Senator WALKER - My object in rising is to point out that if the Government intend to bring in a Bill dealing with the Federal Capital Site they should do so quickly. If the question is not settled this session there may be returned a number of new members who will desire to have a repetition of the expeditions made to proposed sites. I gather from the accounts of a recent trip that the Government have some idea of bringing in an amending Bill - that Dalgety is no longer the favoured site.

Senator O'Keefe - Dalgety is "stronger" than ever.

Senator WALKER - I only suggest, on the score of expense, that if there is to be any alteration, the sooner it is made the better. It is said that the present Parliament will expire about the end of next month, and. if that be so, I, as a representative of the mother State, would be glad to know that before we separate we may hope to have afinal settlement of the question. I urge the Minister of Defence to let his colleagues -know that, atall events, the New South Wales . representatives look for a speedy determination.

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